Blinking Owl Old Tom GinOur super special limited FIRST VINTAGE release of Barrel Vacationed Old Tom Gin.We get a limited number of late harvest semillon wine barrels from a prestigious Napa producer each year. These particular barrels not only allow the Gin to age, but they also impart a hint of sweetness from the late harvest semillon they were previously holding.This BARREL VACATIONED OLD TOM GIN basically took a vacation in the barrels for approximately 3 months, got a nice tan, and picked up a luscious hint of sweetness (thus we categorized it as an Old Tom). No sugar, flavoring, or coloring was added. The end result is pure, delicious liquid gold!Many have been waiting and asking to get on the presale list. The Gin is ready, it will be bottled (once we get the new bottles) at 48% ABV and released mid August. Each bottle will be numbered for this annual release and will only be sold from our tasting room.This is owner, Robin Christensons, personal favorite and she having a very tough time not buying all of this gin herself. BUT she has decided to find it in her heart to share (at least some of it).The Blinking Owl is the very first craft distillery in Orange County. We also are one of the first distilleries in the state of California to hold the Type 74 Craft Distillers License allowing us to operate our tasting room and sell a few bottles. We make Vodka, Gin, several types of Whiskey, and the Scandinavian spirit, Aquavit.SPIRIT behind the OwlWe are locavores, grain nerds, and control freaks so we decided to actually make our booze the long way: from grain rather than pre-made spirit. We mill it, mash it, ferment it, distill it, and, in the case of whiskey, barrel age it (which means we will not have a 9 year old Bourbon to sell until 9 years from now).Founding GREAT Grandfather:The Founder, Brian Christenson, had a bootlegging great-grandfather, Fred P. Armbrust. Fred had a still on his dairy farm hidden in the basement behind secret passageways. He would covertly provide his local farmers with his good spirits. Brians dream is to carry on Freds passion by providing good spirits to our very own neighborhood, legally, of course!